Uniquely Yours

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You’re a weird one.

No matter what anyone else says, you know that you’re not like everyone else. You may wish that sometimes, “Oh if only I was more like Sarah, or had an attitude like Timothy.” You can’t get away from the fact that you’re one-of-a-kind.

This is a good thing.

In fact, this is a great thing!

If all of us had similar strengths and weaknesses, there would be an enormous imbalance in certain areas. You should be overjoyed at the gifting that you have been created with. There are four basic temperaments, and each has a wonderful role to play. Today, we understand more about the temperaments and realize that each person has their own mix.

Be glad you live in a society that appreciates these differences. In the Ancient Greek world, they knew of the four temperaments and they thought that they arose from levels of four fluids within your body. Blood, Phlegm, Yellow Bile, and Black Bile. If someone had these four fluids or “Humors” in balance they were considered healthy but there were some who had leeches attached to them to drain off blood! Imagine being in a sour mood, and your doctor prescribes leeches. Gross!

The four basic personalities are, Dominant (ambitious and leader-like), Inspiring (Pleasure seeking and sociable), Supportive (Relaxed and Thoughtful), and Cautious (Analytical and Literal). Most people have a mixture of two or more.

And that’s only the tip of the iceberg! There are theories of Brain-Type, Meyers-Briggs personalities, Choleric/Sanguine/Melancholy/Phlegmatic, and so many more. I have found that most tests end up breaking down the personalities into four categories. Outgoing and People Oriented: Inspiring (top left), Reserved and Task Oriented: Cautious (top right), Reserved and People Oriented: Supportive (bottom left), and Outgoing and Task Oriented: Dominant (bottom right). 

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Knowing your own personality is fun, but the real value is being able to deal with others. We are called to be a blessing to others in the Bible. 2 Corinthians 2:15 calls us,

For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;

You can be a fragrance instead of an odor!

A book that I have read that really opens up the doors to the social styles and personality types is Personality Plus by Florence Littauer. personality-plus-193x300

Check it out! Its a book that I’ve enjoyed reading immensely, and I guarantee that your eyes will be opened to the reasons why that one Weird person is acting that way.

So lets go out and be weird.

Be a Fragrance.

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Welcome

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Here’s the first post on the new blog!

Looking forward to having some great discussion, exploring some new topics and hearing your take on things going on.

Let’s just dive in here, I believe that everyone is called upon to lead in some capacity and in certain points in his or her life. The question is whether or not we will be ready. The plan here is to create a community excited about being ready for the unique calling that we each have placed on us.

Thought to ponder, do you believe leadership is more about tenacity or is it talent based?

Whether or not you think that you have the gift of leadership, there are skills that apply to many situations that can be learned. It is our responsibility to be prepared. You can plan your endeavors to develop those skills and prepare.

We should always remember though that we need to be aligned with Christ’s plans for our lives before everything else. Check out Psalm 33:10-11

10 The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Regardless of what we think is best, there is one who has the big picture and when we head in the same direction as what will ultimately triumph we can be assured that things will work out in the end.

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